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Three's company?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

John M. Waterman, R-Shelburn
* Waterman running for governor

And then there were three?

On Thursday, State Sen. John Waterman (R-Shelburn) told The Brazil Times he recently formed an exploratory committee to run for the 2008 Indiana gubernatorial race as an Independent.

"It seems like the blue collar people don't have a candidate that represents them," Waterman said via telephone interview.

Waterman told The Times he has considered running as an Independent for close to two months.

"There are a lot of things in the state I don't approve of that are going on," Waterman said.

Waterman said he does not agree with the Gov. Mitch Daniels administration on several things.

"I'm concerned about our system," the admitted conservative said. "We've got enough corruption. You never know what's going on."

In order for Waterman to qualify for the ballot, he must have 33,000 signatures by June 30 and turn them in to the Indiana Secretary of State office.

Waterman told The Times he is working with six organizations statewide to help him receive enough petition signatures. Unlike primary voting, Waterman will not have to receive the amount of signatures from constituents along, as he said they can come from anywhere in the state.

"I've been all over the rural areas in the state and there is pretty much the same sentiment everywhere," Waterman said.

In the May Indiana Primary, Daniels -- a Republican -- ran unopposed. On the Democratic side, Jill Long Thompson defeated Jim Schellinger to square off against Daniels in the November election.

In Clay County during the primary, 1,452 county residents voted for Daniels while Schellinger defeated Long Thompson among county voters, 3,312-2,357.

Waterman has served in the state Senate for three terms. He also served as the Sullivan County Sheriff from 1986-94.

Waterman represents the state's 39th district, which includes all of Sullivan County and portions of Clay, Greene, Knox, Daviess, Owen and Vigo counties.

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